How I Planted My Most Perfectly Imperfect Garden. ~ Daisy Tasch

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on Apr 4, 2013
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What seed have you buried, only to see blossom at some time so beyond the memory of when the seed was planted, perhaps you forgot that it was even there?

Estimates are that millions of trees in the world are planted unintentionally by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget them.

I have planted seeds of happiness and pain, of softness and light, seeds that needed ritual tending, seeds left unwatered yet were breaking, bursting, poking up out of the dirt-filled ground grasping for a sparkle of light to push, push, push up out of the deep and dark soil, soaking up that brilliant radiant light in the hopes to simply sustain.

To just be.

Have you tended your seeds lately? Do you plant those seeds with an overabundance of love that you trust will remain, as you dip your hands down deep in the soil, clay, mud and the muck?

Is it a chore perhaps, that you know you must tend to? Do you have a plan for those seeds, knowing what might/can transpire from seed to root to growth? Do you know where they need to be placed?

Do you sprinkle those seeds with a carefree-freedom-bliss ‘throw caution to the wind’ type style and believe that wherever they may land, is where they need to be?

I recently watched the Eric Clapton Crossroads DVD filmed at one of his guitar festivals. The stage was planted in the glorious city of wind (spores a-flying)—Chi-city, the Purple Pig toting, Toast restaurant-boasting, O’Leary farm-based (Mrs.O’leary left the lantern in the shed!), Penny Noodle drooling town of Chicago, Illinois in the summer of 2007.

Maybe I touched this DVD with my raw almond-greased fingers one too many times, or maybe I didn’t get the disc back into it’s rightful container and it had a lovely build up of inch thick dust-mite-dust after all of these years. Whatever the case, my error was presented to me with pause to the disc and a little three-word message that stated, and I quote, “skipping over damage.”

Words of wisdom from my soiled disc! Forget that time machine I wished for in my youth (and still do from time-to-time), forget the Wonder Woman-esque invisible plane I could fly from here to there fighting injustice and kicking the a#$ of every bad, evil person about to commit that not-so-nice act of not-so-niceness!

I want that! I want to “skip over the damage,” please and thanks.

I want the power to halt my beautiful green-thumbed friend’s garden from blooming half-germination. I want to skip over the all of the tragedy any of those near to me have ever endured. I want to freeze-frame, and be kind and rewind to the moment disease entered my mother’s beautiful being.

Skipping over damage? Isn’t that comparable, however, to skipping over life?

How does your garden bloom? Is there trial without error? Are there good seasons followed by bad? Are there blossoms with wilted vines, vines that gave their best attempt at seeking out the brilliance of light to sustain? Do I want to know what it is like to get it right the first time?

Where would I be without the wilts, attempts, failures, dust, half blossoms, half bloomed-blooms? Would my garden have ever grown into a garden worthy of stopping to smell the roses?

California GardenIf your garden always blossoms the most perfect pumpkins and radiant radishes, do you ever even appreciate them? I can tell you that past mistakes often times grow the most luscious of flowers…out of the mud and deep muck, one never knows what may blossom.

“Memories are the seeds of rainbows sown by the wings of butterflies… blossoming in the meadows of our minds.” ~ My Dear Uncle Bob

I can tell you how I let my garden grow.

Maybe I wish I contained this simple knowledge from getting it right the first time, but maybe I do not. I fear that I do not contain these instructions from an all-knowing Martha Stewart-like wisdom, whilst remaining a perfect, vibrant-toned bloom.

I can only tell you from long hours sowing soil, watering, worrying, checking, testing, observing, hoping, wishing, throwing caution to the wind and getting it wrong and then trying to get it right once again.

What I wish to be true and what is true do not always align, but growth does not always equal alignment.

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.”

~ Francis Bacon

When sprouts appear, move to a sunny window. Inadequate light is a frequent cause of failure of young seedlings. Transplant into the garden when weather has settled and soil is warm. Provide rich soil and ample moisture. Do not disturb the roots in transplanting. Likes full sun in cooler seasons, partial shade in hotter weather. Whoa! All of that work for what? Perhaps the most beautiful blossoms imaginable.


I know that this garden not only symbolizes a beauty and a truth that has been captured and etched into the fertile soil for me to observe and absorb, but it is also nourishment. It is an offering of love.

How does your garden grow?

Can it grow without the tender hands of truth, acceptance, trial, work and error?

Yet an admittance of error can only be corrected/changed/blossomed with caring, nurturing, and full acceptance of what went wrong in the first place.

Those flowers are not only beautiful, they contain the power to heal. Medicinal purposes abound, stitching wounds from past mistakes.

How does your garden grow?

Do you honor your garden as a temple bloom? Bright red, lipstick pale pink, veil white with a yellow-like-the-sunshine glow that loves to brighten everything in its path with it’s luminance?

Plant those seeds, those vines that shine, green, huggable, fighting to see the light of day splendor. Illuminate and radiate. If need be, be like that squirrel and bury your treasure in the soil and clay.

Maybe it will be nourishment for the sciuridae (bothersome squirrel, the “which way should I go when trapped in the middle of the road” rodent), or maybe it will be forgotten and grow into a perennial woody plant that will exist long after you or I.

Exist. Be. Be in this moment. Bloom with what you are given, but then strive for even more bright light. Learn from the mistakes that were seeds planted knowingly or not, planted all the same, forgotten yet unforgettable.

I am not positive, but I guess that anytime you can see “the light” and anytime  there is growth, appreciation, acceptance, forgiveness, healing, learning and love, your garden thrives.

“Out of the mud and the muck, a golden lotus blossoms and grace awaits you.”

~ Deborah Adele


Daisy TaschDaisy Tasch learns more and more about the beauty of yoga everyday from her bright and shining yoga students in the lovely little river town of Stillwater, Minnesota. She is grateful to be out of the mud and muck of 1981, 1987, 1991 and 2007, but expects that more muck is also just around the riverbend. She is grateful for light and wisdom of all her influential teachers from every background that will help her to be better equipped to blossom the next time. She loves her husband and child, yet daydreams still to this day of becoming a Whitesnake groupie (1987 wasn’t all bad)! Check out her website


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66 Responses to “How I Planted My Most Perfectly Imperfect Garden. ~ Daisy Tasch”

  1. Jack Trash says:

    This is an amazing and beautiful read!

  2. Sonia Rajkowski says:

    This is VERY interesting 🙂

  3. Peter Tran says:

    amazing article!

  4. cheri says:

    very inspiring !!! thank you for this! Cheri Showalter

  5. john rock says:

    very deep

  6. Rebecca Hable says:

    Awesome article!! 🙂 Keep up the good work!!

  7. Jenessa says:

    I love it! I am a yogi myself! Jenessa Dunkle

  8. jorge Sanchez says:

    Amazing article. Looking forward to reading more.

  9. Ryan Q says:

    Nurturing nature! – Ryan Quella

  10. DJ says:


    Derrick Jacobs

  11. stephen mann says:

    Love the Francis Bacon quote! Truth.

  12. Stephanie Carlson says:

    Bloom with what you are given, but then strive for even more bright light.

    Love it.

  13. Lori Swanson says:

    Thank you! I needed this reminder… Especially the ‘be like the squirrel and bury your treasure in soil and clay’ part. And, keep blooming 🙂 try , try, try again… Peace.
    Facebook /lori.swanson.12

  14. Crystal Rotz says:

    I like the article. It was interesting to read 🙂 – Crystal Rotz

  15. Tevin Faison says:

    EXIST, BE IN THE MOMENT! I love that line.

  16. Nate Bauch says:

    This was a great article! Makes you really think and it lightened my day. The hardest part of being the squirrel is remembering where you plantd those seeds so you can find them and return to a later date, which upon all the hard work will bring you happiness.

  17. Derek says:

    Beautiful Words! This is good advice for anyone to live life to the fullest. I just recently started Yoga and have great appreciation for Yoga instructors. It sounds like you find this very rewarding. Keep living your passion!

    -Derek G

  18. Anita says:

    Great article! -Anita Vilaysack

  19. mattyj1994 says:

    Great article and i love the enthusiasm you have for what you do! keep up the good work :]
    [Matt Johnson]

  20. Thomas H. says:

    That was very beautiful and a good read. Keep up the good work looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  21. Saralyn Hirshberg says:

    This is simply amazing!!! Not only is this completely interesting, but shows true knowledge. I look forward to seeing more of these stunning articles! 🙂 Keep up the terrific work!

  22. rajiv shah says:

    As an Indian, yoga is legit. good work 🙂

  23. Evia says:

    Wow! I love how abstract and metaphoric your writing is! Yet what you said is still so applicable to everyone's life. So uplifting 🙂

  24. Ian says:

    this is an amazing piece. comparing personal growth to that of a garden is just very moving. this is a great article for everyone to read. life is short embrace all that is good and great, thanks for opening your heart to us.

  25. Jean says:

    Beautiful writing, I'm glad you decided to put some of your work out there for us to read.

  26. Madeline Mitchell says:

    My favorite part of my garden every year is seeing the annuals (not perennials!) that somehow come back after winter. They aren't supposed to make it through the cold and frost but every year at least one or two spouts appear. Without being planted, without being told. They just appear and it's beautiful.

    Great article, loved it!
    Madeline Mitchell

  27. daisy tasch says:

    You are just the nourishment I need… thanks for growing with me for so many years dear love…

  28. daisy tasch says:

    Thanks Sonia! get those puddle-jumpers ready for SPRING!! It's the best time to plant the seeds of change. 🙂

  29. daisy tasch says:

    Thank you so much, Peter! Happy Spring!

  30. daisy tasch says:

    Hello Cheri… Thank YOU for reading this! 🙂

  31. daisy tasch says:

    Rocks grow flowers, too! 🙂 Thanks John Rock, you have a GREAT name!!!

  32. daisy tasch says:

    hello Miss Rebecca! thanks for commenting. 🙂 I will most certainly try! xxdaisy

  33. daisy tasch says:

    Hello Yogini Janessa! Happy yoga-ing to YOU! May your practice forever bloom into the most glorious blossoms! 🙂 Come to Stillwater anytime and d some yoga with us! Thank you for commenting. xxdaisy

  34. daisy tasch says:

    Oh! So sweet, Jorge! I just need to find the courage to put more out here on the inter-webs! 🙂 Once it is out there, it is out there, and that can be a scary thing! Have a great weekend. daisy

  35. daisy tasch says:

    Yes! And Yes! Nature is glorious and divine ! I got a pocket full of agate to prove it! 🙂 I think my next story will be able agates. To me, they are just as magnificent as a flower. Thanks for reading my post. Cheers! daisy

  36. daisy tasch says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 smiles and smiles, for they go miles and miles 🙂 🙂 🙂 daisy

  37. daisy tasch says:

    me too! It is one of my absolute favorites! Guess what!?!??! I had never heard it before, but one of my dearest friends gave me the bottle caps to one of those tea drinks with the quotes on them… it was during a time of great difficulty… it was exactly what I needed to read in that moment! I still have the cap and look at it when I am feeling mucky. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Stephen! daisy

  38. daisy tasch says:

    Ahhhhhh.. Perfect! Thanks for the comment and reading this. 🙂 sometimes when I get caught up in my own personal history and want to hide away, I just need to remember those words! I love bright light, just not too hot! That's why I leave in Minnesota I guess! Peace, love and light to you! Namaste xxdaisy

  39. daisy tasch says:

    Thank You, Lori! Boy do I ever love those cute squirrels! I think I referred to them as "bothersome" in my story, but they are pretty smart little creatures. 🙂 I will keep on blooming and you do the same! The moment that I think i am done growing, I know that I will be in trouble! 🙂 Have a most lovely weekend! daisy

  40. daisy tasch says:

    Well, thank you for taking the time to read it! 🙂

  41. daisy tasch says:

    Thanks, Tevin! Yes… If we are not in the moment, where in the heck are we?!?!??! 🙂 Thanks for commenting and especially thanks for reading. Be well! daisy

  42. daisy tasch says:

    Hahaha!!! Love it! So true…those squirrels are oh so wise. I forgot to rinse the conditioner out of my hair last month! If I were a squirrel, I would likely starve to death. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words, Nate. Love and light to you! daisy

  43. daisy tasch says:

    Hi Derek! Oh, you are so sweet! I do love what I do… I love it more than a squirrel loves his nuts… ha! 🙂 Congrats on your yoga journey! I hope that it takes you everywhere you want to go and places that you never knew possible. Namaste!

  44. daisy tasch says:

    Thank you for reading, Anita. 🙂 Happiest wishes for a glorious Spring! xxdaisy

  45. daisy tasch says:

    Howdy Matt! I really, truly, deeply, completely LOVE what I do! I don't always "love" past choices, but I firmly believe that those regrets have brought me to the light. 🙂 I hope that you have a glorious weekend! Thank you so much for your comment. nourishment for my soul!

  46. daisy tasch says:

    Danka, Thomas! 🙂 It was fun to write when I didn't think anyone would ever read it, but scary to put "out there!" I'll grow me some more leaves of courage and post more soon. Happy Spring!

  47. daisy tasch says:

    Well, thanks so much Dear Saralyn! My middle name is Kay Lyn… One "n" is easier to write than two! 🙂 I am glad that you enjoyed it, as I really loved writing it. I had to think about lots of past mistakes, regrets and mistakes, but sometimes that is just the fertilizer needed to bloom-forth! Happy Spring to you and Happy Summer, SOON!!! xx Daisy Kay Lyn!!! 🙂

  48. daisy tasch says:

    Hello There, Dear Rajiv! I had the most glorious adventure to beautiful India last May…. I am still soaking in, reflecting on, dreaming of and growing from my sacred voyage there. I hope to return again some time soon. Yoga is beyond my words, it is everything to me. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for your comment. Shanti, shanti, shanti daisy

  49. daisy tasch says:

    Hi Evia! That is so very kind! I might not be able to grow an actual "garden," type garden, but I sure know what it's like to let my garden life grow! 🙂 I am so glad that you could relate. We have all been stuck in the mud, and sometimes it is hard to see the light, but often it is that muck that grows us into our highest -self. Thanks so very much for your sweet words! May your garden sparkle and radiate! xxdaisy

  50. daisy tasch says:

    Thank you so much, Ian! Yes, yes and YES!!! Life is way too short! I think of that Woody Allen quote, "Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it's all over much too soon." 🙂 I agree, "embrace the good and the great," and even sometimes, the not-so-great… that not-so-great might be blossoming us into who we are meant to be. Thanks to YOU for reading and for the very lovely comment. 🙂 Happiest Spring wishes to you! daisy